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42 Merzgedichte

Published 1994

Jackson Mac Low

Written in memory of the German collagist, painter, sculptor, and writer, Kurt Schwitters (who referred to all of his works as “Merz,” a syllable taken from the advertisement for the Kommerzund Privatbank and included in all his earliest assemblages)…

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Jackson Mac Low

Written in memory of the German collagist, painter, sculptor, and writer, Kurt Schwitters (who referred to all of his works as “Merz,” a syllable taken from the advertisement for the Kommerzund Privatbank and included in all his earliest assemblages), this is a series of visually arresting verbal collages from America’s foremost experimental poet of the last 30 years. Lacing together words, word fragments, and phrases—all relating to Schwitters and his work, some computer generated—this is a landmark celebration of the Dada spirit in modern poetry. 42 Merzgedichte is yet another masterful work from the inventor of a prolific range of systematic chance operations for poetry and one of the most unique voices of modern literature.


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Arcana Mundi

Jan Harrison

Arcana Mundi is a stunningly reproduced collection of works on paper by a celebrated artist living in upstate New York. Sexually charged images of dream-like “power animals” reflecting human states absorb the viewer…

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Jan Harrison

Arcana Mundi is a stunningly reproduced collection of works on paper by a celebrated artist living in upstate New York. Sexually charged images of dream-like “power animals” reflecting human states absorb the viewer into participation in a world of magical hazard and psychic exploration. Jan Harrison writes that her work “is concerned with the paradox of the power of nature with regard to our own sense of order and justice. Through communion with animal nature, I link instinct and intellect, showing the duality of knowledge and innocence as two sides of the psyche of the world.”


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Body Against Body

Arnie Zane and Bill T. Jones

World renown dancer / choreographers Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane were partners in art and life from 1971 to Zane’s death in the late 80’s, sharing a home, a dance company, and a celebrated creative process.  Body Against Body traces their dramatic (and often controversial) careers as they intertwine and collide….

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Arnie Zane and Bill T. Jones

World renown dancer / choreographers Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane were partners in art and life from 1971 to Zane’s death in the late 80’s, sharing a home, a dance company, and a celebrated creative process. Body Against Body traces their dramatic (and often controversial) careers as they intertwine and collide in a unique choreographic collaboration that has influenced much contemporary dance by merging cultures, races, and artistic styles. The book includes Zane’s haunting photos, Jones’ visceral poetry and prose, performance scripts and scenarios, a biographical essay (with performance catalog), dance photos of the company in action, and commentaries by dancers, critics, composers, musicians, visual artists, and a range of others. Among the artists who have contributed their creative visions to these collaborations are Bill Katz, Robert Longo, Peter Gordon, Keith Harring, and Max Roach.


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Childmade

Cynde Gregory

After 20 years of classroom experience with over 10,000 elementary school children, Cynde Gregory offers this comprehensive guide to the joys and skills of developing creative writing in children….

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Cynde Gregory

After 20 years of classroom experience with over 10,000 elementary school children, Cynde Gregory offers this comprehensive guide to the joys and skills of developing creative writing in children. Childmade provides the tools to stimulate children’s subconscious imaginations and help them channel their visions into poems and stories. At the heart of the book is a unique meditation technique designed to fill young writers with detailed visions out of which writing will easily grow. Enlivened with charming examples of children’s writing, the book speaks to parents, teachers, homeschoolers, and writers, featuring practical advice, serious literary discussion, and dozens of writing projects.


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Extended Frames

This is the first book of an extraordinary young photographer whose extension of the frame gives the image its play in time and returns it to its connection with Event.

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This is the first book of an extraordinary young photographer whose extension of the frame gives the image its play in time and returns it to its connection with Event. Taking as object the experimental performances of Co-Accident, a Baltimore-based group of poets, musicians, and “theatricians” that is having its own impact on international performance art, Sue Abramson allows the photographic image to register the disciplined free behavior of people moving in light. The result is an amplification of those photographic possibilities opened up and given mastery by the late Barbara Blondeau, and shows that when the fixed image travels beyond the fixed frame it can become both abstract and cinematic. Person is objectified by multiplicity, and object is personified in the specific character of its movement. Eye and mind grow larger together as they interact at the point where hand controls lens. — George Quasha


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Fabrications

Gisela Gamper and Rachel Pollack

Fabrications is a series of photographs composed by Gisela Gamper accompanied by text of Rachel Pollock. In the opening, Pollock states, “Like many women artists, Gamper uses her body as a (literal) ground of being, the necessary source from which all experience must emerge…

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Gisela Gamper and
Rachel Pollack

Fabrications is a series of photographs composed by Gisela Gamper accompanied by text of Rachel Pollock. In the opening, Pollock states, “Like many women artists, Gamper uses her body as a (literal) ground of being, the necessary source from which all experience must emerge. But she also absorbs experience back into her own form. Instead of exploring how the body inhabits and moves in an alien world, these photos graft the world itself directly onto the artist’s torso, at first through photomontage, and later through computer manipulation of images.”

Pollock continues, “Though the pictures veer toward abstraction they all begin in the artist’s life.”

The book ends with a quote from Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche which points to a message this collection deeply invokes—“The essence of mind is in the heart.”


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Gary Hill: HanD HearD/Liminal Objects

George Quasha and Charles Stein

This essay, discussing a two-part installation at Galerie des Archives in Paris by the internationally celebrated artist, Gary Hill, explores the enigmatic nature of the work of art as an object and of objects in general, as such issues pertain to Hill’s work and these installations in particular.

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George Quasha and Charles Stein

This essay, discussing a two-part installation at Galerie des Archives in Paris by the internationally celebrated artist, Gary Hill, explores the enigmatic nature of the work of art as an object and of objects in general, as such issues pertain to Hill’s work and these installations in particular. The text is by two well-known poet/artists who have a long history of association and collaboration with Gary Hill. This book is handsomely illustrated with photographs of the installation and other relevant works by Hill and is presented in a bilingual, French-English edition.

Excerpts from the text:

“There are works of art that require initiation. This does not mean that they require explanation, special consensus, or any other prescriptive bearing. It does mean that one must discover an _appropriate mode of entry_ which is more than informational. This can involve radical reorientation, as in the case of _HanD HearD_, which directly (but non-coercively) introduces us to the posture of awareness appropriate to our participation in the piece.”

“Considering more particularly the piece _HanD HearD_, we discover that its way of being a text imposes nothing on the mind, yet it offers an _image_ (a hand in front of a person’s face) as a possible _posture_ of awareness. And because the “text” has no “content” other than this posture, it grants the participant _direct access_ from the beginning.”


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Heide Hatry: Icons in Ash

Heide Hatry

The art of the human image arose millennia ago as a way beyond impermanence and, especially, to keep the dead among us. The pictorial object “the icon” often carried a charge as ritual or ceremonial artifact and, indeed, as a thing with a certain power. The artist Heide Hatry has extended this tradition by creating realistic portraits made out of the actual ashes of the departed person portrayed….
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Heide Hatry
The art of the human image arose millennia ago as a way beyond impermanence and, especially, to keep the dead among us. The pictorial object “the icon” often carried a charge as ritual or ceremonial artifact and, indeed, as a thing with a certain power. The artist Heide Hatry has extended this tradition by creating realistic portraits made out of the actual ashes of the departed person portrayed. Are the results reminiscent of ancient sacred and secular traditions and their complex, even mysterious function to, say, calm, enrich or transform our experience? Icons in Ash includes seventeen of Hatry’s portraits and twenty-seven contemporary writers who explore this phenomenon in original and engaging meditations on death, the dead body, art, relics, psychology, philosophy, religion, mourning, evolution, transformation, and immortality. Contributors include, among others, Hans Belting, Mark Dery, Eleanor Heartney, Siri Hustvedt, Jonas Mekas, Rick Moody, Mark Pachter, Steven Pinker, Wolf Singer, Luisa Valenzuela, and Peter Weibel.


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If I Am a Musical Thinker

If I Am A Musical Thinker is a statement of the aesthetic, social, and spiritual credo of the influential American composer and writer Benjamin Boretz. Boretz proposes that artistic expression answers primal human…

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If I Am A Musical Thinker is a statement of the aesthetic, social, and spiritual credo of the influential American composer and writer Benjamin Boretz. Boretz proposes that artistic expression answers primal human needs for experiencing identity through articulation in artistic media; and further, that theoretical reflection is — constructively or deconstructively.

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Indian Summer

Indian Summer is a collection of 26 full-color photographs, paired with the views of eight Native American authors, capturing remote and powerful American landscapes. The authors include Ohiyesa, Brave…

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Indian Summer is a collection of 26 full-color photographs, paired with the views of eight Native American authors, capturing remote and powerful American landscapes. The authors include Ohiyesa, Brave Buffalo, Standing Bear, Shooter, Chased-by-Bears, Zitkala-Sa, Crowfoot, and Seattle. Both the photographs and the Native voices make a positive statement about the importance of loving and respecting the land. Standing Bear speaks for many Americans when he says, “From Wakan Tanka there came a a great underlying life force that flowed in and through all things….Thus all things were kindled and brought together by the same Great Mystery.”

The photographs by Ms Wyckoff represent more than 30 years of photographing nature throughout the United States. They have appeared in gallery exhibitions, as cover and internal art in various publications, and are owned by numerous private collectors.


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Paik Video

Edith Decker-Phillips

Published originally in German, Paik Video is the first English language edition of this full treatment of the “Father of Video Art,” Nam June Paik. Richly illustrated with photographs and descriptions of his works, it includes a definitive discussion of the artist’s claim to be the first Video Artist. A “must-read” for all persons interested in Video Art, this book will also be essential to all serious art collections and is an ideal introduction to the field.

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Edith Decker-Phillips

Published originally in German, Paik Video is the first English language edition of this full treatment of the “Father of Video Art,” Nam June Paik. Richly illustrated with photographs and descriptions of his works, it includes a definitive discussion of the artist’s claim to be the first Video Artist. A “must-read” for all persons interested in Video Art, this book will also be essential to all serious art collections and is an ideal introduction to the field. Paik was the first artist to use the TV tube as a medium for making art. Since the late 50’s, the ingenious and outrageously inventive, Korean-born, American artist has subjected the video medium to a continuous series of transformations, whether producing interacting webs of electron light by exposing the TV tube to magnetic fields or creating installations involving arrays of dozens of TV screens. His videotapes, installations, objects, drawings and prints are remarkable for the provocative and entertaining way they shed light both on the institution of television and contemporary communication.

Features 17 full-color and numerous black and white photographs of Nam June Paik’s video art. Provides extensive aesthetic and technical analyses of the whole spectrum of Paik’s oeuvre from the late 50’s to 1984. Also provides a complete, thematically organized catalogue of installations from 1963 to 1984; ample annotations; a full bibliography; name and subject indices.


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Parts and Other Parts

This collection of poems, interwoven with Stein’s distinctive photographs, comprises three separate texts written between 1973 and 1975, “A Book of Confusions,” “Parts,” and “Point Sphynx.”
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Charles Stein

This collection of poems, interwoven with Stein’s distinctive photographs, comprises three separate texts written between 1973 and 1975, “A Book of Confusions,” “Parts,” and “Point Sphynx.”


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Pastel Light


Raquel Rabinovich: The Dark is the Source of Light

George Quasha and Linda Weintraub

This artist-approved publication features the work of celebrated Argentinean-born artist Raquel Rabinovich and includes photographs of her rock sculpture, watercolors, urban installations, and works using pencil on specially selected papers. Exquisitely designed by Susan Quasha with essays by art critic and curator Linda Weintraub and poet/artist George Quasha, and a poem by Charles Stein selected by the artist…

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George Quasha and Linda Weintraub

This artist-approved publication features the work of celebrated Argentinean-born artist Raquel Rabinovich , and includes photographs of her rock sculpture, watercolors, urban installations, and works using pencil on specially selected papers. Exquisitely designed by Susan Quasha with essays by art critic and curator Linda Weintraub and poet/artist George Quasha, and a poem by Charles Stein selected by the artist.

The texts discuss the artist’s work from 1963, when she began her lifelong investigations into the nature of existence through an exploration of what she calls “the dark,” that which is “concealed beneath the surface of objects, of words, of thoughts, of the world.” In her work Rabinovich speaks a language where the fine line between inner and outer turns transparent.

“There are artists for whom the core gesture of the work is indistinguishable from the emergence of Being itself. They inform us that there is no question of “special effects” because nothing is special. Accordingly, everything seen with the truth of the eye of art is equal to Being. Perhaps this is the meaning of the famous Egyptian hieroglyph of the Eye, taking Ra to be simply the root of art: that which is made so truly that it is of the nature of Being. To contemplate the art of Raquel Rabinovich is to participate at this level of essential meanings.” – George Quasha, from his essay, “A Short Meditation on the Meditative Art of R.R.”


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Smart Money and Art

Martin S. Ackerman

A guide to collecting fine art

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A guide to collecting fine art


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Tall Ships

You enter a long, dark corridor. Indistinct luminous shapes seem to move in place on the walls. Then a human figure rises, walks towards you, stands and gazes at you, becomes almost intimate with you before turning back whence it came…

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George Quasha and Charles Stein

You enter a long, dark corridor. Indistinct luminous shapes seem to move in place on the walls. Then a human figure rises, walks towards you, stands and gazes at you, becomes almost intimate with you before turning back whence it came. In this award-winning interactive installation created by video projection, world-renowned artist Gary Hill presents an underworld-like journey from which each visitor returns to daylight somehow transformed. The second book in an ongoing series of the Quasha & Stein dialogue on Gary Hill leads you on an initiatory journey that parallels the experience of the installation itself. The book is beautifully illustrated in duotone to give a living sense of the actual installation as it appeared in the Whitney Museum (New York) and many other museums throughout the US and Europe.


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The Pronouns

Jackson Mac Low

The Pronouns is a highly accessible work for both reader and dancer by an influential performing poet and language artist.

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Jackson Mac Low

The Pronouns is a highly accessible work for both reader and dancer by an influential performing poet and language artist.


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Themes & Variations

America’s foremost experimental composer, John Cage, performs a radical representation of the one hundred and ten key ideas that occur in his writing of the past four decades, building “mesostics” on the name of 15 of those who influenced him…

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John Cage

America’s foremost experimental composer, John Cage, performs a radical representation of the one hundred and ten key ideas that occur in his writing of the past four decades, building “mesostics” on the name of 15 of those who influenced him. The result is a startling recreation of his own intellectual and spiritual journey in a wholly new work with all the freshness and power of true poetic discovery. Themes & Variations stands beside Silence,A Year from Monday and M, and “belongs in all libraries which own his earlier writings …” – Library Journal


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Viewer

Haunting and strangely provocative new installations by artist Gary Hill, celebrated worldwide in major museums and galleries, are introduced through a highly readable essay by two of the artist’s long-time poet/artist collaborators…

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George Quasha and Charles Stein

Haunting and strangely provocative new installations by artist Gary Hill, celebrated worldwide in major museums and galleries, are introduced through a highly readable essay by two of the artist’s long-time poet/artist collaborators. In a sort of “lineup,” seventeen day-workers, full-size, stare at you from the wall, eerily present by the magic of video-projection (Viewer). A solitary Native American stares you in the eyes, while he stares at himself from an adjacent wall—then the projections switch position: the watcher becomes the watched and the watched becomes the watcher (Standing Apart). This third in an ongoing series of the Quasha & Stein dialogue on Gary Hill is beautifully illustrated in full color to give a living sense of the actual installations.


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